ITM Power, the energy storage and clean fuel company, has been awarded a five-year grant worth 2.27million euros from the EU’s fund for “innovative green hydrogen systems in an isolated territory”.

ITM will use the community-owned wind turbines on Shapinsay and Eday in Orkney to produce ‘green’ hydrogen from wind and tidal energy. It will deploy 10 electric vans fitted with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender, and build a refuelling station in the Kirkwall area.

The project will also see two hydrogen-powered boilers installed at suitable premises to provide zero carbon heat.